Travel is change; change can trigger. Change and mental health work at cross purposes to each other. Change of any sort can be symptom-inducing and a trigger for the worst aspects of mental health issues. Ironically, travel is in its every essence change. Change of place, change of environment, change of routine, change of circumstance. It is… Continue reading Travel is Change
As I'm writing this, it's a record temperature of -25 here in Chicago, so I'm going to tell you about Charlotte's and my first couple days in Florida last May; then, I can reminisce on the warmth. We flew into Tampa with my parents and stayed at the Quality Inn and Conference Center, which had… Continue reading The Best Beach in the U.S.
One of the many benefits of living in Germany is taking advantage of the numerous festivals and traditional celebrations throughout the region.Christmas (Weihnachten) Markets, or more accurately Advent Markets, pop up in nearly every town and city across Germany in the weeks before Christmas.Hundreds of vendors peddle bakery items, wooden scenes and toys and hand-painted… Continue reading Christmas Markets Lift Your Spirit
Happy New Year! I hope you all had wonderful holidays. As many of you know, I haven't finished telling you about Charlotte's visit and our trip to Florida. Well, this is my last post about Charlotte's trip to Chicago. We took the train to the city with my friends, Jen and Alejandra, the day before… Continue reading Sunny Day in the Windy City
The second half of our journey was a little bit tougher than the first because we were quite tired. As I mentioned in my last post, we stopped for ice cream in Williams Bay, WI which, of course, perked us up a bit. We went to Frosty Moose, which had a large selection of flavors… Continue reading Lake Geneva Hike (Part II)
As I mentioned in my previous post, Charlotte, Jen, and I hiked around Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. When the idea to do it came up, I was pumped because I knew it would be such a fun adventure. However, later, I did have my doubts when my anxiety crept in a bit asking, "What if… Continue reading Lake Geneva Hike (Part I)
I visited the Sugar Factory in Rosemont with my family this past week for the first time, and it was quite an experience! First off, reserving a table is a must as you'd be waiting one or more hours for one without a reservation. Thankfully, we made a reservation as we expected this. We parked… Continue reading Like Sweets? – The Sugar Factory